Ballinakill

The Ghosts of Heywood Ballinakill

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A Tale from the Schools’ Collection It seems the fascination with Heywood, Ballinakill, is not just a  modern conviction!  In the late 1930’s, a primary school student, named Nicholas Delaney, from Bray, Co. Wicklow, wrote of Heywood, for a schools project. His information had been sourced from Mr. Thomas Delaney, living at the same address […]

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Heywood Gardens – Tutored En Plein Air Painting

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Welcoming our En Plein Air Artists Heywood Gardens and Estate is a place of immeasurable beauty; somewhere to find a sense of history, tranquility, solitude and awe, and is the setting for Day One of this year’s  Twin Trees Festival’s En Plein Air painting. We cannot wait to welcome our artists to this year’s event, […]

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Gardens Open 2020 Guide

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The good news is that gardens available for public visiting are once again… open, following the lifting of pandemic restrictions on movement, including our very own Heywood Gardens. In a new digital format, the attached GARDENS OPEN 2020 GUIDE lists 100 gardens, both pubic and privately owned, that are open to visitors this year. Particularly […]

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Twin Trees Heywood – En Plein Air 2020

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Such has been the enthusiasm and positivity, for our Twin Trees Heywood Festival, Three Day Tutored En Plein Air, that we have already set the date for next year’s event. Set in the stunning environs of Heywood Gardens, the beautiful surrounding woodlands, and picturesque Ballinakill Village, our En Plein Air 2020, will take place from […]

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Photographs From Around Heywood, Ballinakill

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A walk around Heywood Demesne A collection of photographs taken along the route from Heywood Gardens, and through the beautiful riverside walk that leads back to the village of Ballinakill.  This is the stunning setting for the inaugural Twin Trees Heywood Festival, which takes place during Heritage Week 2019, running from August 22nd – August […]

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Yoga In Heywood Gardens with Simon Rogers

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Twin Trees Heywood 2020 Yoga in Heywood Gardens with Simon Rogers. We cannot think of a better way to spend an August Sunday morning, than a calming yoga class with Simon Rodgers of Blackhill Woods Retreat. Reconnect with yourself in the stunning and peaceful gardens, the perfect location to give gratitude through yoga. Simon, an experienced […]

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The Orangery

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The Orangery at Heywood.

Twin Trees Heywood Festival. The Orangery at Heywood. Orangeries were a popular, stylish addition to grand homes between the 17th and 19th centuries. They originated in the Renaissance gardens of Italy, after advancements in glass production, allowed for the glazing of large expanses, such as roof areas. The Orangery was used almost like a conservatory, […]

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Sham Castle

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Sham Castle at Heywood Demesne, Ballinakill

Twin Trees Heywood Festival. Sham Castle at Heywood, Ballinakill. Situated at Heywood Demesne, Ballinakill, Sham Castle, and the Gothic Ruin, were constructed as follies, which were whimsical and fashionable additions to wealthy estates, at the time. The Trench family, who lived in Heywood House, intentionally had the follies constructed as ruins. They appear as they […]